Northrop Grumman has conducted the final test on a machine designed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile under a joint project of the company and the U.S. Air Force.
The company performed the experiment for a program launched in 2000 that aims to prolong the lifespan of the Minuteman III’s propulsion system rocket engines, Northrop said July 3.
A NASA facility in New Mexico hosted the test, which aimed to help the Air Force extend the service life of the engines until 2030.
Tony Spehar, Northrop vice president and program manager for the ICBM prime integration contract, said the company worked with Aerojet and Boeing to perform the tests.
The Air Force expected to receive 558 engines upon the program’s conclusion.